What is rpcnet.exe?

The genuine rpcnet.exe file is a software component of LoJack for Laptops by Absolute Software.
Rpcnet.exe is an executable file that belongs to LoJack, a laptop location tracking system used by Police to track down stolen laptops. This file is not a critical Windows file and can be removed if known to create problems. LoJack for Laptops is a laptop tracking software which enables police to locate stolen laptops on a map, as well as erase critical data and remotely lock computers. This service comes preinstalled on many laptops and is found in the BIOS. Once a laptop is reported as stolen, the software silently switches to theft mode where it records key presses, registry and file changes, and the geolocation. The data is sent to the police for investigation. Absolute Software is an American company that develops endpoint security and data risk management solutions aimed at personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. The company is the sole proprietor of Persistence technology, marketed as providing complete control over personal devices, regardless of user or location. The technology also allows an Absolute software client to be reinstalled if removed without authorization from the device owner.

RPCNet stands for Remote Procedure Call Net

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the rpcnet.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Rpcnet.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with rpcnet
Rpcnet.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as rpcnet belongs to software Installation/Management Application or Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Net or Computrace or CompuTrace Plus by Absolute Software (

Description: Rpcnet.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file rpcnet.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 47,104 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 31,232 bytes and 15 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The rpcnet.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Rpcnet.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with rpcnet.exe, you can uninstall Computrace or CompuTrace Plus from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If rpcnet.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 28% dangerous. The file size is 58,288 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 69,792 bytes and 8 more variants. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is a Verisign signed file. Rpcnet.exe is able to manipulate other programs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with rpcnet.exe, you can uninstall Computrace from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name rpcnet.exe, for example WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and Sus/Scribble-B (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the rpcnet.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

it is a virus / trojan that keeps appearing in my legitimately purchased laptop! This is the second time I had to stop the service and delete associated files! I wish I could reflash the bios and remove it but noone has a patched bios file without it!
Backdoor from Absolute Software... maybe for NSA usage.
    (further information)
BIOS based backdoor, found preinstalled in most computers. Pretends to be a stolen hardware recovery software or management tool, but all it does is it enables the remote download and run of other software tools on the infected machine.
to remove rpcnetp.exe right click on my computer select manage go to services and applications select services find an select file prcnetp.exe and click stop the service
  mohamed wahba  
their is now a program that disables absolute completely. spyvision 1.4-1.5
  shaine brown   (further information)
It's the process for Lojack theft recovery software
  J in SF   (further information)
It was sold as a method of locating stolen computers, but has been stealthily rolled out without informing the computer owners. It is rumoured to be open to abuse by thrid parties. Gives thrid party's massive power over your computer without you knowing.
  Steve C.  
AVG just found this file and it's not a laptop..i have no program it belongs to. Microsoft said they're looking into it and don't know what it is.
  Carol M  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of rpcnet.exe: based on 71 votes with 9 reviews. 25 users think rpcnet.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 27 users think rpcnet.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade rpcnet.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving rpcnet issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with rpcnet. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the rpcnet.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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